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-breaking senate stopping heights. so what do you do? if you are harry reid, lead other telephone democrats in the senate, you try to reform it. and if you're mitch mcconnell, the republican leader who is using it all the time because it is your main kind of power you try to stop reform of it. now there are a couple of plans for changing the fill buster to make it less common or more difficult or even to eradicate it all together. first, there is a lawsuit. a real one. it is in the courts and everything for house democrats and a good governance group called common cause are suing the senate. that court case began this weekend in washington. they argue the filibuster is illegal because it infringes on what they see as a constitutional guarantee of majority rule in congress. the court system has never before entered into the senate's internal role making, and quite frankly, it is unlikely to do so now. but they're trying. the other track is in the senate. majority leader harry reid keeps threatening to change the rules. he says it will happen at the very beginning of the next congress. the ve
-- >> woody! >> a mitt romney guy. >> yeah, woody. >> that was a cringer. harry reid, come on now. >> it's not right for harry reid to kick the jets around. that's a cheap shot. we can do it. you can't. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, you just saw him there talking on the floor, he actually found himself, well, in unusual territory thursday. he actually had to filibuster himself. >> no, no, he can't. >> yesterday, senator mcconnell brought a bill to the floor to give the president greater power to raise the debt limit without support. but harry reid called his bluff, agreeing to a straight up-or-down vote. that then forced the minority lead y leader to filibuster his own bill. >> what we have here is a case of republicans here in the senate once again not taking yes for an answer. this morning, republican leader asked consent to have a vote on this proposal, because now i told everyone that we're willing to have that vote, up-or-down vote. now the republican leader objects to his own idea, so i guess we have a filibuster his own bill, so i object. >> is there objection to the ori
for that and that shouldn't change. harry reid feels differently. and the president feels differently. >> the president is right to say this is an extreme measure and was used irresponsibly last year. just to clarify and tellyear. the viewers what you are talking about. the republicans in exchange for raising the debt limit said we'll do it but there have to be spending cuts to offset the amount of debt. >> what i don't like about the debt ceiling process is we have a process to create budget and there are congress and committees. things are supposed to go through both houses and get voatds on. i think this is going outside the democratic process. the republican numbers went down much more than barack obama's did last year. i think they have to be careful about what they are doing here. >> i think the reason simon doesn't like it is because it gives the republicans leverage to force the president to deal with the debt. the president has as much chance of succeeding as you have of getting john bolton to cry on your show. megyn: i think i can do it. a challenge? >> i bet you can. in the last 27 years, ev
. >> somehow we found ourselves listening to harry reid. >> yeah. >> on the senate floor. >> mm-hmm. >> comparing the republican party to the new york jets. >> what? >> it's not one of my favorite teams, but it's really, really fun to watch. and that's the new york jets. coach ryan, he's got a problem. he has three quarterbacks. sanchez. he's got tim tebow. he's got a guy like mcelroy. he can't decide who their quarterback is going to be. that's the same problem the republicans are having. romney's gone, but he's still in the background. we have mcconnell, and we have boehner. who is the quarterback, mr. president? who is the quarterback? >> richard haass, a quizical look on your face. >> normally when you play football, you don't decide the other team's quarterback. >> right. >> that's usually for the coach to decide. so why is harry reid worried about who's the quarterback on the other team, and why is he even using this metaphor to begin with? >> it's painful. stop it right now. >> this is why it's a good development. by the way, there's another interesting development with t
reid today saying that the game is at chess game, and the republicans are the jets. here is harry reid. >> he has a problem. he has three quarterbacks. he cannot decide who the quarterback is going to be. that is the same problem republicans are having. romney is gone, but he is still in the background. we have mcconnell and boehner. who is the quarterback, mr. president? gerri: what do you make of that analogy? >> well, that is a football analogy. we'll do that from time to time, but the reality is the speaker of the house is the speaker. the house is the majority republican, and if he is going to advance that way, that is probably in order. senator mcconnell is involved, i'm sure talking with boehner about these issues. he always has been, but you have to have the spokesman, somebody to talk to. the president is absent up here, and i hope he will come to the table. i hope we can avoid it, but a lot of it is going to ultimately be on the president's watch. gerri: i have to tell you, there are other people mia. most of the house is gone on vacation. the senate is spending all this time
you fog and the follicle gods. harry reid on ben nelson's luscious locks. they may refer to the record of that luscious body and find hair envy actually in it. that's the best weirdest new thing in the world. that does it for us tonight. rachel will be back tomorrow with great hair. now it is time for the last word. rachel will be back tomorrow with great hair, as always. up next, "first look." >>> right now on "first look," terror at an. on. shopping mall as a mass gunman opens fire, killing two people. >>> north korea successfully fires a long-range rocket, defying the threat of international sanctions. >>> plus, michigan's right to work, a cosmic close shave and an update for you on that little guy, the ikea monkey in canada. >>> but first, good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season took a terrifying turn in portland, oregon, yesterday, when a masked gunman stormed into a busy shopping mall and opened fire, killing two people, injuring another before apparently turning the gun on himself. nbc's kirk gregory has the chilling details. >> re
. as senate majority leader harry reid admitted yesterday. but in an interview with barbara walters, president obama predicted that republicans would eventually give in on taxes. >> the most important thing we can do is make sure the middle class taxes do not go up on january 1st, and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals. >> prediction. are you going to be able to raise taxes, yes or no? >> oh, taxes are going to go up one way or another. >> oh, they are? >> and i think the key is to make sure that taxes go up on high-end individuals like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. it is entirely possible for us to come up with a deal, but time is running short. >> now, the president went on to say that if republicans can move on taxes, he's prepared to do "some tough things" on the spending side. >>> controversial right-to-work measures will soon be the law of the land in michigan. republican governor rick snyder signed the measure yesterday, despite widespread protests by the labor union at the state
with harry reid and speaker john boehner. the executive board message was as you are dealing with tough decisions that have to be made, to make sure that we don't over the fiscal cliff, don't shift the burden downward. we understand that there is a shared sacrifice. we ask for flexibility when it comes to programs that are funded by the federal government and federal monies. we need flex ability to be able to determine what is in the best interest of our state. how we can best serve the population. gerri: the truth is the states only have so much flex ability because you have to meet your budget. the federal government doesn't. but i want to show who is in washington. it was scott walker, gary herbert, mark dayton, jack markell. all the leadership of the governors association. what kind of response did you get? we are not passing anything onto you guys. >> the president was very cordial and respectful to the governors. and we believe that we have a stake in this process, and he felt like we could offer some ideas of ways that we could help with savings and efficiencies and state governm
power structure? majority leader, harry reid. >> they can't decide what they're going to do. we have heard about the infighting going on with the house leadership, boehner is having trouble finding help from his leadership as to what they're to do. >> according to senator reid, the battle is between boehner and congressman kevin mccarthy, eric cantor, and one paul ryan. ho, ho, ho. let's get right to our panel. with me here in washington is msnbc political analyst david corn, and in new york msnbc political analyst professor michael eric dyson. david, can i start with you? the president began with, o come all ye faithful, and now we have speaker boehner singing in the bleak winter. how far does the president have to go to give boehner something that helps boehner go to his caucus and say let's just do our deal. >> you want someone to be singing "i'll be home for christmas." >> there you go. >> first, it's nice to see you in d.c. >> it's a great pleasure. >> we have this little bubble of optimism in the conventional media the past few days. although they're talking, they're not saying
of drugs has gone down dramatically. >> senate majority leader harry reid floated a rumor yesterday that speaker boehner was having a little trouble controlling members paul ryan, eric cantor and kevin mccarthy. republicans found it so outrageous, it spawned a twitter revolt with the hash tag, harry reid rumors. one of our favorites? jammie foxx to be named secretary of state. sorry, susan. hash tag harry reid rumors. >>> actress and activist ashley judd is polling four points behind senator mitch mcconnell in a hypothetical matchup. mcconnell's approval ratings are the worst of any senator nationally. the poll found judd to be the top choice as a challenger. >>> and the first grandchild for former president bush and first lady laura. they called in to congratulate their daughter. >> fired up. looking forward to it. i'm excited for jenna and henry. i can barely contain the news when i found out so now i can tell all my buddies. >> where do you come down on spoiling grandchildren? to spoil or not to spoil? >> definitely to spoil. no doubt about it. >> kind of like we did our daughte
/50 and when they're hopeful about a deal, the dow moves higher. when harry reid says something negative, it goes down. chris: do they want a rate hike on the rich or do they like the deductions route more? >> they like the deductions route more for sure. they want a substantive deal. they would like to see the credit rating of the united states raised. chris: it's more important than the how, the fact that there is a deal. >> they absolutely want a deal but also like the cleaner tax code, these guys file tax that is look like war and peace, some have to put their taxes on dollies to file. they need a cleaner tax code. chris: how much of a price does the president have to get out of the rich in terms of increasing the rate and getting rid of deductions so he can take it back to pelosi and the liberal core of the democratic party and say i got enough? >> he needs rates to go up absolutely. he cares that much about pelosi. i think he rightly considers himself in the dominant position. chris: with the house of representatives? >> as a newly re-elected democratic president, he doesn't have t
harry reid will do. i think the republicy have boxe republicans in saying they're sitting in a circular firing squad. put the bill on the floor, take it to the senate, have that discussion and see what the president will have to say. >> çjulian, what's your reacti to that? that makes sense, doesn't it? >> i don't think it's a deal that will get anywhere. the larger deal is republican dealers thought they were making a faustian deal with the tea party and what they did was grab a tiger by the tail. it kind of exposes the phoneyness of the conservative movement because even if you consider where boehner and so-called moderates in republican party are, what they're offering, they're offering tax revenue increases most economists would agree are more harmful than what obama is proposing by raising the upper two brackets. and then this party that paraded around as the big deficit hawks, the guys that wanted to control spending, the only cuts they put on the table is playing at margins, increasing retirement age from 65 to 67 and adjusting rates for social security. this hasn't presented it
harry reid has also called republicans out for sabotaging the democratic process. now, putting this all into context, he tweeted out today, harry reid did, "i share the frustration of americans lamenting the lack of progress in negotiations to avoid a massive tax increase on middle class families. but for insight into why negotiations have been tough, consider the failure of the disabilities treaty at the hands of the tea party. those are the same republicans with whom democrats are supposed to find agreement to protect middle class families from a january 1st tax increase?" who could say it better? democrats are not being unreasonable here whatsoever. they are the party of reason right now. the people have spoken. house democratic whip steny hoyer says democrats are still willing to talk with republicans about entitlement reforms. they've been on the table for some period of time. that does not mean that i'd be prepared to adopt them now. but they're clearly, i think, on the table. republicans don't want to talk about entitlement reforms. you see, they just want the democrats to roll o
want to start with this. senator harry reid used an interesting analogy on the floor to describe the current state of the republican party. listen to this first. >> he's got a problem. he has three quarter backs, sanchez, he's got tim tebow, a guy by the name of mcilroy. he can't describe who is going to be the quarterback. that's the same problem that the republicans are having. romney is there but he's in the background. who is the quarterback, mr. president. >> hogan, what do you think? who's the quarterback? >> what a great question. i think, look, inherently the democrats have the advantage with the bully pulpit of the presidency. we don't have that out there right now. there are people who can talk about republican governance and why it's better and why we should lean towards that but until you have that, it's tough to rise to the level of the gravitas of those in the white house. this whole notion that we're some discome bob lated party, we took it on the election and there will be scrambling around after a big loss like that. but we've got some voices out there and we'll
: agree to raise taxes. >> now. his thing. mitch mcconnell tried to get the senate, harry reid to vote on the president's plan and harry reid said no. democrats are calling it a stunt. this is the president's plan we can raise taxes on rich and you don't have to cut spending and you can do all the things that he wants to do, and they don't want that to come to a vote. there might be something there. i'm thinking that might maybe make him on it and let the chips fall where they make. elections have consequences. at that right now. lou: i think we all agree about consequences. certainly. your thoughts on this? does it look to you right now like we are going to avoid this fiscal cliff? the president, but the brilliant idea? it's interesting how he does this. he initiates an ultimatum and the goes passive aggressive on everyone and withdraws from the field. it's really a bizarre and intriguing strategy which obviously has completely confounded republican leaders. >> yes, and the polls show that the american people are proud and -- probably going to blend republicans now matter what happens
, and here is more from the majority leader, harry reid. >> we can do things very quickly. this is not something we can do easy as far as bill drafting. until we hear from the republicans there is nothing to draft. we can get things done quickly. it will be extremely difficult to get it done before christmas but it could be done. >>reporter: other democrats are saying we will talk about negotiating the other stuff when republicans agree to increase taxes. republican johnson, a senator from wisconsin, said it is not the end of the world if we go over the fiscal cliff so stop me if you heard this before. >>shepard: and how about "text when done." for breath holding. >> another great reason to have chocolate, as if you needed another. researchers say a chemical in the beans is more effective giving cough relief than codeine in cough syrup. an ingredient in raw chocolate helps give 60 percent of patients cough relief. the doctors say it is not a cure but a bar or two of dark chock hat each day could bring relief. now, doctor, from rainbow, babies and children hospital in cleve
of the kind that harry reid and the president have announced they're not doing. so even if coburn broke his commitment to the people of oklahoma, which he got a elected with a written commitment not to raise taxes at all, his new statement is, he might raise tax as little if he got permanent reform. melissa: do you ffle the tide is turning against you and necessary to give in a little bit to get a deal done or not? >> okay. there is no need to raise taxes to get a deal. obama two years ago extended all the bush tax cuts for two years. there is no reason not to do that again. his reason --. melissa: he will not agree to it though. seems like the only way to get a deal done here is to give an inch much of ground? >> there is no deal if he wants to raise taxes. -phe can veto any, the republicans have already passed through the house making those tax cuts permanent. if the gnat, which hasn't acted, hasn't voted, remember the reason why we have this odd position of some of the weird polling that you're talking about which is different than the traditional polling is that we've had a news blackou
senator harry reid is trying to arrange a vote on the debt ceiling in the senate on the floor today at 2:00 eastern time, an hour and 15 minutes from now. this is very strange. here's what harry reid said. he said, quote, senator mcconnell made a serious offer today to me with regards to the debt ceiling, a deal on the debt ceiling. i want a vote on it this afternoon. very strange but interesting, intriguing turn of the events. dennis: if you are harry reid and you run the senate and democrats controlled the senate you do not accept mcconnell republicans's proposal unless you get the outcome you want. they want the debt ceiling raised. mcconnell doesn't offer this unless he wants the death ceiling aised to remain a big uncertainty to work out a clip. cheryl: this news from one of our producers out of washington and this is just breaking right now so we will continue to follow this news out of the ec and get more details. cheryl: dennis: we will see the dow turned around on some optimism because having democrats and republicans working together at all on anything at this point seems like
. senate majority leader harry reid spoke up. but in his case, in the form of a swipe. >> i sympathyize with john boehner. the key party has a firm grip on the republican party, and that's obvious, what's happened this morning here in washington. >> reporter: that disconnect in the gop was in the spotlight today. jim demint spoke out against boehner's proposal to the president. >> republicans should not be conceding that the federal government needs more money, negotiating with ourselves, and treating the president's proposal like it's serious. >> very critical of john boehner. and demint's press release aimed squarely at john boehner. $800 billion tax hike will destroy jobs, allow washington to spend more. as you all know, john boehner put an $800 billion tax hike as a center of his proposal. so john boehner got rejected from the white house, which wants another $800 billion on top of that in tax hikes and then rejected by the right wing of his own party which wants absolutely no tax hikes at all. so unlike harry reid, i actually feel genuine sympathy for john boehner. so kudos, speake
not to filibuster it and i will announce tonight on your show that i will work with harry reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what harry reid wants because then they will be the party of high taxes and they can own it. >> i want to ask you one quickie. your friend and mine, senator jim demint, resigning from the senate. going to take over as head of the heritage foundation. he is a great free market defender of capitalism. what do you make of jim demint leaveliing the senate? >> i think there's two ways to look t a it. the way i look at it, i've jokingly said he's going to a better place. but i really am serious about that in the sense that it's a promotion. he's going to a big microphone. we will be a national spokesman for free markets, for libertarian conservative principles, for the constitution, heritage has a great 30, 40-year history of being on the right side of these issues. i think jim demint will be a great spokesman for them. >> he said that conservatism has to spread more publicly and that's one reason he's going. he wasn't happy with the 2012 el
'm happy not to filibuster it. i will announce tonight on your show i will work with harry reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that's what harry reid wants. then they will be the party of high taxes and they can own it. >> all right. without that kind of republican strategic retreat, the december 31st deadline is not likely to be met. in today's jobs report it was positive and it beat the street and stocks went up. how do we move 150,000 jobs per month up to 300,000 which would be a real recovery? first up breaking news out of the supreme court this afternoon, the nation's highest court agreed to take up the explosive issue of same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear challenges to the federal defense of marriage act and california's proposition 8. nbc's pete williams joins us now from washington with all the latest details. good evening, pete. >> reporter: good evening, larry. the vilma case is the easier one. federal law signed into law by president clinton in 1996. it says if a person is legally married in a state, the federal government can't recognize those m
senate majority leader harry reid wants to make the filibuster a, shall we say, less attractive option. s one idea is to end the silent filibuster and bring back the old talky one, which requires filibustering senators to actually speak from the floor of the senate, sometimes for an entire day or longer. >> i'm going to walk off the floor in five minutes or maybe i could stay another hour or another two hours, but if i haven't been able too reach you after 14 or 15 or whatever it is hours and if i haven't been able to instill in you and senator moynihan some sense of, my gosh, all we want to do is to have the laws applied, and if you don't give a darn about that, then don't come down here, but don't whine and moan with factories and jobs leaving this place. >> al demato, former new york senator spoke for 15 hours and 14 minutes making it the second longest filibuster speech in history. d'amato also clocked in at 23 hours and 30 minutes, the second longest filibuster. the record for the longest goes to south carolina's strom thurmond who spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes. like everything i
in not getting these top marginal tax cuts extended. i want to play sound from harry reid this morning on the floor. you get a sense the republican resistance is theater, but there is a genuine belief they cannot extend these things. let's listen to harry reid. >> how many times is charlie brown going to try to kick that football, because we know every time he approaches that football, it will be taken away from him. we are not going to fall for that again. the american people aren't going to be under the illusion that the republicans are some time in the future going to come up with revenue. they are going to come up with raising the rates or, madam president, we are going over the cliff. >> i'm reminded of the famous george bush adage, whatever it was, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, it was actually shame on me. >> that's what republicans are saying exactly this, the white house has opportunities in the future in which it can raise taxes on the wealthiest and it should take those opportunities in order to get us through this crunch period. do the minimum that is possible n
. harry reidy thidthld boxer - - >> yeah harry reid boxed him into this. it's hysterical. >> stephanie: what is the boxing thing -- >> rope a dope. >> stephanie: yes, exactly. where is my story on this -- talk amongst yourselves. >> oh, okay. >> stephanie: he thought he was being so smart. i'm moving slowly -- >> look out, here it comes. >> do you need me to print it? >> stephanie: no i got it. >> oh no. what am i going to do now. >> stephanie: it was further down in the stack than i had anticipated. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: yes, he filibustered his own bill to lift the debt ceiling. instead they called his bluff and he ended up filibustering his own bill. ♪ you are an idiot ♪ >> stephanie: the legislation would permit the president to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling, and never before in our history has someone taken the debt ceiling hostage as something to negotiate over. >> right. >> stephanie: mcconnell brought up the legislation, harry reid objected, and then reid ran it by his members and in the afternoon agrees to hold the same
on publicly. even as he has to deal with this rebellion. he has to deal with democrats and harry reid's comments today give you a sense of where they are coming from. >> they have to come up with specific revenue. and they refuse to do that. it is a simple question of arithmetic. you can't get from here to there unless you raise the rates. so as you know in washington, a rebellion in the ranks like this could be a problem. but in the spohort-term, if it remains constrained. it could be a good negotiating term. he could say i have offered everything that i have and still get this thing passed. you know, i never hear the discussion about spending. i'm not saying you. it is about taxes and revenues. they are supposed to have a $1.2 trillion spending cut. they are nowhere near rephrase g i replacing that. does anybody in washington think about spending and help the taxpayer? spending is going to get done and it is going to include spending. the question when those details come out is will the president face the problem on the left of trying to herd cats here. rather than focused on the pr
. we are hearing a lot of talk from harry reid about reforming the senate filibuster rules. it might be about time for that when senators can start filibustering their own bills. >> that's what majority leader mitch mcconnell did yesterday. get this. he tried playing a trick on the democrats and wrote a bill allowing the president to raise the debt ceiling. mcconnell assumed democrats would not want to vote on that and was hoping to use that against them saying no one wanted to give the president that power. that back fired when the democratic caucus was happy to vote on the measure forcing mcconnell to say no. here is the democrats' response. >> this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, fillibustered his own proposal the i think we have reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never seen before. >> the senate democrats posted that to youtube yesterday. mcconnellts reason for not voting on the bill? he said it is so important it needed a filibuster-proo
house and not congress to control on its own without their input. but majority leader harry reid said that is not. >> if the president's proposal is made in good faith our friends should be eager to vote for them. so i am surprised the majority leader declined a chance for them to support it for their votes. so i guess we are left to conclude that it couldn't pass by a fair majority of votes and that they would rather that i can take the country off the cliff. >> get ready to listen to lawmakers today try to spin the unemployment report in favor of their proposal one way or the other starting about 3 and a half hours from right now. >> we will be watching. looking forward to seeing those numbers. sthooivengs. >>> it is time for a look at who is talking. this morning we are hearing from john mccain. mccain discussing the growing crisis in syria. the reports frightening. the president bish charral assad preparing to release deadly gas on its people. >> hillary clinton releasing this statement yesterday events on the ground in syria are accelerating we see that in many different ways. t
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